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Polystachya paniculata

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The flowers are small on this species (less than 1/4"), but it makes an impressive display. It would do better in a warm greenhouse, but I am giving it some bottom heat now and this is the first decent blooming I've gotten.

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    small but very showy indeed!
     
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    Beautiful display ! Any suggestion on how to care for polystachya pubecence mine seems to be growing lots of new roots but the old one drying out its mounted ! Should I wrap it on new sphagnum moss!?
     
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    I do best with most polystachyas as potted plants. Are you talking about 2 plants? One mounted and one potted?
     
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    Thanks for reply .. And no it's only one plant , that is mounted has many new roots , yet the old ones seems to be drying slowly , the plant it self seems to be fine .. But was concerned with the old root if maybe it needed to have more moisture and I should wrap more sphagnum moss to supply it with it
     
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    And I have had the thought of cutting some off and potting but a bit concerned if it would affect the plant it's self
     
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    If the growth that has the dying root is several growths back from the lead growth, drying out could just be from age. If it is well rooted on to the mount but you want to grow it potted, you can just leave it attached to the mount and put the mount in a pot with potting media up to the base of the plant. Some polystachyas like to climb and this lets them do whatever they like.
     
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    Thanks you so much ! Funny enough I had thought about putting the mount in a pot as well hopefully that works well and looks good as well! Do u recommend mix media sphagnum moss and fine back mix for this .. And again thanks for taking the time!
     
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    This is the plant a month after I got it in march
     

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    Really cool, not one I've seen before.
     
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    What you use for media has a lot to do with where you are growing it and how you water and takes a bit of trial and error since everyone's conditions are different. Personally, I never put moss in a bark mix. If humidity is very high you could put it it a medium bark, otherwise I would use fine bark or a mix of bark with perlite or pumice. You might want to pull off the moss that is one the mount so it gets a fresh start. Good luck.
     
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    Glad u like .. It's grown a lot
     
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    Thanks Marni! And the reason I mention moss is since I'm in an apartment in Hollywood not very humid .. But imagine when potting it would retain moisture a lot better.. And again thanks for the advise .. Cheers